Edward Maclary, Conductor
C. Paul Heins, Assistant Conductor
The University of Maryland Chamber Singers have established a reputation over the past decade as one the nation’s leading collegiate choral ensembles. Their repertoire encompasses music from the 16th through the 21st centuries and the group collaborates regularly with National Symphony Orchestra in major works such as the Bach B minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and the Mozart Requiem. The Chamber Singers have made a specialty of the a cappella repertoire of the 20th century, presenting many of the masterpieces of Barber, Britten, Copland, Penderecki, Poulenc and Schönberg. The ensemble made its first European tour in 2007 with a prize winning appearance at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2011 the UMD Chamber Singers were awarded the Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance Singing at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. The group has also appeared on multiple occasions by invitation at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In addition to working regularly with their founding director, Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers have collaborated and studied with internationally renowned artists such Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, Iván Fischer, Matthew Halls, Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Paul Hillier.